A guide to the beauty of Egypt's White Desert

Today's appearance of the desert was created due to strong winds and storms

Jul 6, 2022 - 11:49
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A guide to the beauty of Egypt's White Desert

While most tourists visit Egypt for its historical treasures such as the Pyramids of Giza, the Great Sphinx and the Valley of the Kings, the country's natural wonders such as the White Desert are equally stunning. It covers 300 square kilometers next to the Farafra Oasis in western Egypt.

The White Desert is justifiably the most famous desert in Egypt - and for good reason. The amount of unreal carved rock formations in the form of giant mushrooms is unmatched in any desert in the world.

A trip to the White Desert is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of Cairo and a chance to sleep under the clear sky with countless stars above you. In 2002, Egypt designated this desert as a Natural Protectorate, in order to preserve it intact, so no traces of urbanism can be seen in it and its vicinity. Although there are no tourist facilities in this area, people come to camp there with local Bedouin guides. Many say that it is most beautiful to see it when there is a full moon, whose light illuminates the landscape and gives its shapes an even more unusual appearance.

In the distant past, the White Desert in the Sahara was covered by the sea. After the retreat of the sea, it became a green fertile area full of animals and lakes rich in fish. Today, on some of its parts, you can look for black stone flowers that were created after an underwater volcanic eruption 50 million years ago.

Today's appearance of the desert was created due to strong winds and storms that carried the earth for thousands of years and unusual rock formations emerged on the surface. Many people have said that they look like camels and even human faces, but whatever you see, one thing that will stay with you for the rest of your life is how extraordinary, unique, and peaceful this area is.

And while tourists are officially not allowed to camp overnight in the White Desert, the reality is that many visitors do. Although the law does not allow it, it is unlikely that you will be disturbed by the local tourist police in your enjoyment under the stars.

Post by: Rinna James